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Ms. Karabel


25 Ways to Ask Your Child 'How Was School Today?'

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

About Ms. Karabel

I am so excited to have you and your child in my classroom this year! This is my sixth year as a kindergarten teacher at Rockdale. We have a lot to learn in kindergarten.  We will use a combination of hands on learning and paper pencil activities. Our goal in kindergarten is to teach your children to LOVE school and of course to prepare them with the tools they need to be successful throughout their school career.  I want to make learning fun and enjoyable as well as meaningful. When I am not at school, I am spending time with my husband, my five year old son, Harry and my baby girl, Eve. 


Our Daily Schedule

8:02-8:25         Breakfast in the Classroom
8:30-8:45         Opening / Calendar / Warm-Up With Music 

8:45-9:45         My Math / Engage New York  

(activity-centered, child-centered, manipulative math program)

9:45-10:05       Recess

10:10 – 10:15  Read Aloud 

10:15-11:15     Benchmark Advance - English Language Arts         

11:15 -11:45    English Language Arts / Universal Access Time 

(reading, language arts, writing, oral language, phonemic awareness, literature) 

11:45-12:30    Lunch

12:30 – 1:00   Writers Workshop / Nursery Rhymes (speaking & listening) 

1:00-1:45        Integrated Science / Social Studies / Art 

(ie. self, family, school comm., larger comm., city/farm, plants, insects, arachnids…)

1:45-2:15       Community Building / Cooperative Learning

2:15-2:30       Closing / Homework / Dismissal 


Tuesday        Banked Tuesday Dismissal 1:30
Tuesday        Physical Education 10:10-10:50 
Wednesday   Arts Wheel 1:00-2:00 / Karabel - Visual Art & Drama     
Thursday      Gardening & Cooking / Nutrition Program 10:10-11:10
TBD              Vocal Music / Drama (second semester)

How Can I Help At Home?

Talk to your child about what we are doing at school each day.  We have songs for all that we learn, see if your child can sing those songs.  Practice counting, use flashcards and practice words, numbers and letters.  Try to see how fast your child can recognize these.  Read every day to and with your child.  For example, if you see the words: to, a, the, I, am, little, she, of... let your child read these words.  Talk about the pictures and how they match with the words.  Track the words from left to right.  Ask questions about the book: who are the characters, where does this story take place (setting), ask about any details they can recall, how the characters feel, and any questions that check for understanding.  

Artist Study : Jackson Pollock

We pinned up a large piece of butcher paper outside, set out the containers of thinned paint and some large brushes. Each child patiently took turns 'throwing paint', understanding that Jackson Pollock himself never used brush strokes. The amazing thing about this project is that anything goes and each child was free to throw paint in any way they wanted.



Dates To Remember

December 13, 2018 - Winter Concert 

December 17, 2018 - January 4, 2019 - Winter Break 

January 7, 2019 - First day of the second semester

January 21, 2019 - School Closed in honor of Dr.Martin Luther King

February 18, 2019 - School Closed in honor of President's Day